Pea Ridge and the Trail of Tears

Pea Ridge and the Trail of Tears (HMDWJ)

Location: Garfield, AR 72732 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 27.199', W 94° 0.967'

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Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

— National Trails System —

"Decr 23rd 1837, Buried Rainfrogs daughter. Marched at 8 o'c A.M. halted at Reddix, 3 o'c. P.M. encamped and issued corn & fodder & beef, 16 miles today.
-B.B. Cannon, Detachment Leader

Not Far to Go

Here, members of William Ruddick's family witnessed more than 11,000 Cherokee people passing by between 1837 and 1839 on their forced removal to Oklahoma. About 356 Cherokee in the detachment led by B.B. Cannon, camped near here on December 23, 1837 - the first removal contingent to travel through the area.

Ruddick's farm was a regular supply depot on the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears. From here, the detachments would branch out on several different trails - all leading to Indian Territory,over 30 miles to the west.

"...Fine day Monday 18th March. Clear & warm... crossed the line of Arkansas & Missouri near... Meeks on Sugar Creek 7 miles North East of Pratts Monday night, hail, rain wind & thunder."
-Dr. W. I. I. Morrow,
March 18, 1838

The house you see before you looked different in 1837. It was a one-story log cabin - the home of William Ruddick (Reddix)

illustration of the Ruddick cabin with a group of Cherokee going by. illustration by Cherokee artist Sam Watts - Scott 2005
Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
Placed ByDepartment of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas State Parks & National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:23am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 408945 N 4034709
Decimal Degrees36.45331667, -94.01611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 27.199', W 94° 0.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 27' 11.94" N, 94° 0' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15301 County Rd 65, Garfield AR 72732, US
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